Given the radical change, how does the new model measure up? Does it still have the same levels of practicality of the old model? We’ve listed the main dimensions and how they compare to its closest rivals?
Compared to the Nissan Juke – the most popular car in the class – the Vitara is marginally larger in every direction. It’s 4cm longer, 1cm wider and just over 4cm taller – unlikely to be enough to put you off. It has a much more square body shape than the Nissan, making it look a little larger than it actually is, and a larger glass area means it’s easier to see out of.
Suzuki hasn’t stated precise interior measurements for the Vitara, but testers note that, in terms of interior space, it’s more roomy than the Juke (especially in the back, where the Nissan’s sloping roof line harms headroom) but the Vauxhall Mokka fares better.
The Vitara is average for the small crossover class, then, and unless you’re trying to squeeze in four six-footers at the same time, most should find the interior accommodation more than adequate.
A 375-litre boot is one of the largest in its class, with the Mokka offering 360 litres, and the Juke offering 354 litres at most (and only 207 if you opt for the four-wheel drive model). The larger, squarer Skoda Yeti is the best choice if you’ll be frequently carrying large items though – with 416 litres it’s well ahead of the rest.
Fold the rear seats down and up to 710 litres of space is on offer, with practicality further helped by additional underfloor storage and a low loading lip.
|Seats up||375 litres|
|Seats down||710 litres|
Turning circle and fuel tank capacity
The Vitara isn’t a huge car, and as a result it’s reasonably easy to navigate around city streets. This is helped by the distinctly supermini-like 10.4 metre turning circle which, in combination with an optional rear-view camera, should help to make parking that little bit easier.
A 47-litre fuel tank means, with a light foot, a 729-mile range is on the cards – assuming you can match the official 70.6mpg fuel economy of the 1.6-litre turbo diesel.
|Turning circle||10.4 metres|
|Fuel tank||47 litres|
The lighter the car is, the more performance, economy and agility should all benefit. The Vitara is impressively light for the class, with the lightest model weighing less than 1,100kg. As is usually the case, the diesel-engined models weigh more than the similarly sized petrols, but even the portliest four-wheel drive diesel weighs only 1,295kg.
|1,075kg (1.6 petrol front wheel drive)||1,295kg (165 diesel all-wheel drive)|
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